:Since the horror movies that Cabin
spoofs and celebrates have almost always been characterized by ridiculous plot lines, have often been guilty of shoddy world-building, and have frequently been obsessed with "ancient rituals", everything folks are complaining about here actually contributed to my enjoyment of the film. This may well end up a top 10 pick for me this year. I can't wait to see it again.
Sure. They knew what they were doing. Every element fit in with movies that it's spoofing, including the fact that it doesn't do much to reference movies pre-80's. Even a lot of the pre-80's horror movies wouldn't have been all that worried about having their history right on target. The chamber with the blood (from who knows where) moving into the heiroglyphics doesn't make any sense, but there are thousands of horror movies (and movies in other genres as well) that have set designs that would be similarly non-sensical...... but they look cool, and add atmosphere so the filmmakers unapologetically put them in the film.
Nick Alexander wrote:
:Shaun Of the Dead parodied zombie gorefests, but didn't skimp on (at least one) effective gore sequence. Galaxy Quest parodied Star Trek, but also immersed itself in a story worthy of a Star Trek episode. Airplane! parodied air disaster movies, but had a real threat that created (at least a minimum) of tension. I can go on.
I'm with the others in that I don't find most horror movies that scary other than a few jumps here and there that I get an enjoyment from rather than a continuing dread. The Cabin in the Woods plays on this as well, mostly in the last act. They add in the gore and horrible monsters, and then they play on the fact that many genre films up the bloodbath in order to try and scare us. But what this film does, is make it's last act so bloody and full of gore and a gazillion scary monsters, that it starts to move beyond disturbing to being funny. They push it so
over the top that we start to see what their getting at, being that a lot of films in the genre's over the top attempts to be scary and disturbing, can really be kind of silly and actually take away from the scariness. That's their point.
A movie like Shaun of the Dead was riffing on the Zombie movie in a creative way, this film is in part trying to make us laugh, but it's also wants us to see things that Shaun of the Dead wasn't attempting to get at. This movie is coming out of a love for the horror genre but it's also coming out of a realization that there are a lot of things in the genre that are often really
stupid. Some of the more stupid elements in the film are telling us that exact thing. Even the title for the film, at the start and the end, are a bit different stylistically from the rest of the film..... but for a reason, it's a little strange and dumb.... because that's the way a lot of horror movies are, and what a lot of their title sequences are like. It's all part of what this film is saying.
Edited by Attica, 19 April 2012 - 04:11 PM.